Frank Higgins is the author of many plays, including Black Pearl Sings! and The Sweet By ‘n’ By. Black Pearl Sings! for several years was one of the most professionally produced plays in the country, including the Talking Horse Theatre in Columbia in 2016. The Sweet By ‘n’ By was produced with Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. His work has been seen in New York and across the country at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, Northlight Theatre in Chicago and other places.
His plays have been published by Samuel French Inc, Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company, and Pioneer Drama Service.
His one act play The True Death of Socrates is included in Best American Short Plays of 2013, published by Applause Books; Black Pearl Sings! is anthologized in the Random House/Vintage anthology Plays For Two. Scenes from his play Gunplay were read on Capitol Hill prior to Congress passing what came to be known as the Brady Bill. His new play Louie Louie and La Dolce Vita will be produced by Talking Horse Theatre of Columbia, Missouri, in February of 2018. He has also published two books of poetry, and two books of haiku, and teaches playwriting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.